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Re-tell Lecture

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Re-tell Lecture
This question type would either be an audio or an audio-visual which would play & the student will have to re-tell the lecture in their own words. The time allotted for the response is 40 seconds & the students will be judged on their Listening & Speaking abilities.
For this item type, you need to re-tell what you heard
  • Task - After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words.
  • Skills assessed - Listening and Speaking
  • Prompt length - Up to 90 seconds
  • Time to answer - 40 seconds

The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image related to the audio. After the audio finishes, you have 10 seconds to prepare. The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’. You are only able to record your response once.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided.

   Test Tips:
Make good use of the image to predict the topic of the lecture:

You have 3 seconds before you listen to the recording to quickly look at the image on the screen. Use this time to think about the vocabulary you might hear. This will give you an idea of the topic of the lecture and help you predict what you will hear when the recording begins:

Make good use of the 40 seconds speaking time:

You only have 40 seconds to speak and make sure that you include all the main points of the lecture. If you repeat ideas, correct yourself or hesitate, you will use up valuable time and lose score points. So keep talking and ignore any mistakes that you make.

How this question is scored:
Your response for Re-tell Lecture is judged based on our ability to give a presentation on information from a lecture on an academic subject. Your score is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response accurately and thoroughly retell the information in the lecture? Content is scored by determining how accurately and thoroughly you convey the situation, characters, aspects, actions, and developments presented in the lecture. Your description of relationships, possible developments and conclusions or implications is also scored. The best responses retell all the main points of the lecture and include possible developments, conclusions, or implications. Mentioning a few disjointed ideas will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless, and natural rate of speech? Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing, and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions, and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language? Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

  • Partial credit scoring applies to Re-tell Lecture. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response.
  • This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
  • Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.

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  Tips By ALFA:

 Take notes utilizing the erasable notepads. Some test-takers take notes quickly and at the time of reading, they fail to comprehend their handwriting! 


 Along these lines, take clear notes in understanding what you have written. To improve note-taking rate, you may utilize flowcharts, shortened forms, or alternate route strategies. Or practice until you get accustomed to your note taking. 


 Note down basic keywords from the talk. They can be Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, Proper Nouns, and other logical words. 


 You may take single word notes. But,  it is better to note down pieces of words, which you can use to build a total sentence. 


 On the off chance that you pause for over 3 seconds, the mic will stop naturally. Anything you state after that won't be recorded. 


 Avoid using fillers like 'uhm' and 'aah'. 


 Use connectors like 'besides', 'also', 'moreover', 'furthermore', and so on can be used. Use what is easy and what comes naturally. 


 While you are composing, monitor the clock, so you know that you're on target.